College football shelves discussion of early signing period until June 2016

Wednesday June 17th, 2015

Plans for a college football early signing period have been shelved for one year, the Collegiate Commissioners Association announced at their annual meeting on Wednesday morning.

Mid-Atlantic Conference commissioner Jon Steinbracher said there was early consensus support for the early signing period, but talks will be put on hold, and be reconsidered at next year's meeting in June 2016. The proposed change would allow recruits to sign their national letters of intent during a three-day signing period in December.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby supports the decision to vote again next year.

"It's appropriate to take step back in effort to bring comprehensive approach to football issues under review," Bolsby told ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree.

The current signing period begins on the Wednesday of the first week in February.

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Football, water polo and men’s and women’s soccer are the only collegiate sports that do not have early signing periods.

Moving forward, Steinbracher believes the commissioners' focus will shift to issues in recruiting such as grayshirting, satellite camps and oversigning.

The Southeastern Conference was heavily opposed to the early signing period as promosed, but would be in favor for one to start the Monday after Thanksgiving. The MAC, American, Sun Belt, Conference USA and Pac-12 supported the proposed December signing period.

- Christopher Chavez

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